Visualization

Showing the stories in data through statistics, design, aesthetics, and code.

Global forest heights mapped in detail by NASA

NASA has mapped the world’s forest heights, based on satellite data, for a first-of-its-kind global view. While there are plenty of maps that show forest height regionally and locally, this…

Investigation of top secret America

In response to the the 9/11 attacks, the United States government created a highly secretive set of organizations with zero transparency and very little oversight. How much money do these…

Citizen’s guide to fancy pants coffee drinks

In the same spirit of the original coffee drink infographic from a few years ago, Plaid Creative describes the perfect pour, or as I like to call it, the citizen’s…

Maps that changed the world

Peter Barber, head of Map Collections at the British Library reports for the The Daily Mail ten of the greatest maps that changed the world. The number one listed (above)…

Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing

Just when you thought the path to lifelong happiness was uber simple and you had it all figured out, someone slaps you in the face and complicates things. The nerve.…

Gapminder makes its way to the desktop

You’ve seen the presentation. You’ve seen the motion graph tool. But up until now, the data exploration tool, Trendalyzer, has always been in the browser. Now you can download the…

How data travels from phone to computer

Time Warner Cable explains how a picture travels from Jeff’s phone to Vijay’s laptop. Obviously it is a bit simplified. I spent a full semester on step four alone back…

Flowchart to lifelong happiness

The secret to lifelong happiness. If only it were so easy. [Typcut via swissmiss]…

Flowchart shows the startup business cycle

Technology and investment group HackFwd describes what it’s like to work with them in a flowchart. In a nutshell: start with inspiration, work hard, impress people, work hard, and reap…

Augmented reality taken to the extreme

Augmented reality, a computer trick to place the virtual within the real world, has barely cracked its way into most of our lives, but it’s easy to see how such…

How Britain has changed since 1997

Prospect Magazine takes a look at how Britain has changed by the numbers from 1997 to present: Richer, fatter, living longer, more indebted, drunker, better connected, politically disillusioned: there‚Äôs no…

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit 2.0 released

Visualization in JavaScript is all the rage these days. Just a couple of years ago, this would’ve seemed ridiculous because the engines were too slow, but no more of that.…

Top World Cup players on Facebook

I always know when something exciting happens in the World Cup when my Facebook stream is flooded with announcements of a goooooooaaaal. On any given day, certain players are more…

Geography of Lost island

GIS guy Jonah Adkins maps the geography of Lost (the tv series). It looks like I missed out on quite a bit. Unfortunately, I only got up to the point…

Challenge: What is a FIFA player’s worth?

I really want to like this graphic on the “worth” of FIFA players. The colors pop and the topic is potentially interesting. There are some graphics 101 pitfalls going on…

Mapping what your neighborhood used to look like

In part of their initiative to get young and old people to hang out, We Are What We Do, in collaboration with Google, built Historypin. The map application invites people…

Who participates online, by age

Arno Ghelfi for Businessweek reports on who’s doing what online, separated by age. The grid aesthetic totally works for the Internet theme, which can feel robotic and bit-wise at times.…

Modern history of human communication

With the announcement of Google Voice for everyone, the big G describes the history of human communication in the graphic above – and consequently, how Voice is the next step…

Facts and figures of London life

Field Design takes a look at a day in London: LDN24 is a new public art installation for the Museum of London. It draws filmic impressions and the facts and…

Imported World Cup players

The World Cup is an event where countries from all over the world compete, but what about the teams themselves? Players may play for a single country, but many are…

Texting volume during World Cup matches

I love how major sporting events can captivate an entire country or region, especially when there’s the data to show the collective pulse. We saw it during the Canada-United States…

Education crisis explained in motion graphics

Buck, in collaboration with TakePart and An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, describe the education crisis in America in motion graphics for upcoming documentary, Waiting for “Superman”. Watch the video…

Music animation machine

Anyone can listen to music, but how can you see it? The Music Animation Machine plays music (ancient MIDI files) and displays it in real-time. On the vertical are notes…

Wireless networks in the physical world

For the most part, you go about your day-to-day with little knowledge of all the bits and networks you walk past or intersect with. Designer Timo Arnall visualizes these wireless…

How to beat Mario Brothers 3 in 11 minutes

I think it took me a few months to beat Super Mario Brothers 3 on Nintendo. Follow the directions in this graphic, and you should be able to beat it…

Taxonomy of the iPhone

Ben Millen diagrams the reach of the iPhone in our everyday lives: These are not maps in any conventional sense, but rather diagramatic representations of the interconnected space of technology,…

What America spends on gas and auto

In a follow-up to their graphic on what America spends on food and drink, personal finance site Bundle, with the help of Nicholas Felton, looks at money spent on gas…

Graphical data fiction

We like to talk about the stories in data. They are the information and meaning in the numbers, and are meant to represent truth. Artist Kim Asendorf turns this around…

Free kick mechanics explained

I know next to nothing about soccer (a.k.a. football), but I gotta admit this Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match is more exciting than I thought it’d be. I can’t say…

Profitable sweet spot for startups

Gosh, it’s so easy. I’m going to be rich. Get the strategic sweet spot and the three ingredients down, and you’re set for life.…